Well, I jumped too soon and ended up paying $10 extra for the same seats D23 is selling for $35. Oh well, I'm looking forward to the performance just the same. I only hope I don't miss out on any extras that D23 might have arranged!
If you aren't a D23 member and want to attend this event at a discount,
the nice folks involved in presenting A SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC EVENING
WITH RICHARD M. SHERMAN at The El Capitan Theatre on February 26 & 27
are offering MiceAge readers a special ticket rate for opening night only,
Friday the 26th at 7pm. To get your discount call (818) 845-3110 and use the
code DCPUB. (You do need to call as this discount is not available online).
Well, the report will have to wait a bit. I attended the performance with a friend who is a podcaster on Mousetalgia. She has asked me to wait with any public review until they have had me on the podcast to discuss it with them. There is a very good reason why (something really cool happened to us), so I will comply with her request. In fact, if you have not checked out Mousetalgia, I highly recommend you do. It is a great podcast focused on west coast activities (Disneyland, D23 events, and Walt Disney Family Museum). I'll keep you all updated on when to expect our discussion on the Evening with Richard Sherman.
Podcast is up! It can be downloaded from itunes, or it can be listened to directly off of www.mousetalgia.com. It's only about 45 minutes long, and Mousetalgia Kristen gives a great review of our evening.
Ok, now that the podcast review has been out for a few days, I'll explain what I meant by that surprise happening that took place. From the start, I must make it clear that my friend and I had planned on somehow meeting Richard Sherman that evening. We did not know when or how, but we knew it would happen. I even brought a picture to be signed and a Sharpie.
Our evening can be broken up into three events.
First, Mousetalgia Kristen landed in Burbank in the early afternoon, so we had some time to kill in Hollywood before the performance. Trying to make this as much of a Disney evening as possible, we checked out a bar I had been wanting to try for some time now. It is the Snow White Cafe, and it looked seedy! However, it turned out to be a great bar with what is probably the best happy hour in the area: $7 34oz. steins of draft beer, which includes a decent selection of imports and quality domestics. The most reliable story I can get about this place is that it was frequented by some Disney animators who were allowed to paint one of the walls with background images from Snow White. The other walls are covered with crude depictions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, much like a daycare in a third-world country waiting until the inevitable Disney legal team finds it! The Cafe has been given permission to keep the images, but they are not allowed to pretend that they have any relationship with the Company. Some Hollywood tours claim that Walt bought the place when he couldn't find a decent cup of coffee, but that is absurd!
Second, after happy hour we headed over to the Disney Soda Fountain for dinner. We had less than an hour, so we decided to go with ice cream sundaes rather than a full dinner. I planned on wearing a bowtie, but, not wanting it to choke me all day, I needed to go put it on in the men’s room. On my way back, I saw a man who looked awfully familiar. I told Kristen that I thought the gentleman towards the back of the restaurant looked strikingly like Richard Sherman, so she went to the ladies’ room to assess the situation. When she came back, she confirmed that Mr. Sherman and his wife were indeed having dinner. We decided to wait until they were finished before hitting them up for a picture, but we were too excited. Making it look like we were taking general pictures of our evening, Kristen took a picture of me with Richard in the background. Apparently, we were too obvious, for the manager of the restaurant approached us and asked if everything was okay. I think he was more concerned about us making a scene, so we asked if it was possible to meet Mr. Sherman. He hesitated, but I pulled out an 8x10 picture that Kristen had taken of me at the Walt Disney Studios posing with my hands in Richard’s Disney Legends bronze handprints. Seeing that we were determined, he said he would see if Richard would mind being bothered. When the manager left, the couple sitting next to us asked if that was Richard Sherman sitting back there. We told them to come with us if we got to meet him. The manager returned and escorted us back to Richard’s table! Richard was so gracious and polite. He spoke with us a bit, and when I showed him my picture, he was quite flattered. I explained to him that both Kristen and I were piano majors in our undergraduate years (which is true), and so he held up his hands to compare them with my own! After some pictures and an autograph, we introduced our friends from the table next to us and returned to our melted ice cream.
Third, we headed next door to the El Capitan for the performance and were seated in the seats directly behind Richard’s wife, his son Greg (the one who worked with his cousin Jeff in producing “the boys” documentary), and Greg’s son, which would be Richard’s grandson. While we joked about talking to our new friends during intermission (we left them alone!), watching their reactions to Richard’s performance was fun. They all sang along, his wife seemed especially touched with some of Richard’s pop love songs, such as “You’re Sixteen,” and they laughed all throughout Richard’s stories, which made me think that Richard was giving a truly personal, sincere, and unscripted performance. The first half featured Richard at a piano going through the Sherman brothers’ songbook, including both Disney and non-Disney works. The second half was the debut of selections from a new musical co-written by Richard and his longtime friend Milt Larson, founder of the Magic Castle. The musical, “Pazzazz,” (:: Pazzazz - The Musical :: by Milt Larsen & Richard M. Sherman) was about the story of early Broadway, with a young George Cohan and the vaudeville performers Weber and Fields being the protagonists. Richard and Milt sat on the stage and introduced each piece, and the performance was more of a scaled-down version of the musical, featuring sets and costumes. I thought the musical was charming in an optimistic and innocent Richard Sherman kind of way! It was light, fun, and pure entertainment that served as a means of honoring a bygone era with forgotten American heroes.
In all, this was an incredible evening that came together in a spontaneous way that made it all the more memorable. Here are some pictures:
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